M.S.M.E., University of Massachusetts
Rick Dirienzo is a principal of Engineered Solutions Inc. and one of its senior engineers. Since co-founding the firm in 1988, Rick has been responsible for project management, engineering design, field surveys and analysis on many of the diverse projects in hospitals, labs, office buildings and private industry.
Over his career, Rick has specialized in evaluation and design of critical facilities mechanical infrastructure, particularly health care and laboratory facilities. This work involves considerable field work, troubleshooting, and close involvement with Facilities Management personnel; the experience gained has proved invaluable in the design of reliable, energy efficient mechanical systems for critical facilities. Rick has also developed considerable expertise in central chiller plant design and optimization, controls, and design/application of custom air handling systems.
Before forming ESI, Rick served as a Project Manager and Special Projects Engineer for HEC Inc. (formerly Hospital Efficiency Corp.), a shared-savings contractor specializing in energy conservation projects. At HEC, he was primarily responsible for identification of energy savings opportunities in client facilities, technical overview of hired consultants and installation contractors, and system design/troubleshooting for special projects. His projects included retrofit design of the thermal heat recovery systems on a 2.5 MW cogeneration plant at York Hospital in York, PA and project management of a $1,000,000 energy investment program at Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, MA. Before HEC, Rick was employed at R.G. Vanderweil Engineers, Inc.in Boston, where his projects included project management and HVAC engineering for the design of a $25,000,000 Molecular Biology Research Building at Princeton University and a National Genetic Seed Cold Storage Facility in Beijing, China.Rick was an instructor at Worcester Polytechnical Institute for many years where he taught "Energy Conservation in Buildings". He is a member of the ASHRAE, American Solar Energy Society (ASES), and Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA)